MDC-T spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, said the election was charactorised with irregularities which made it difficult to monitor and the process was not free and fair.
“There was no voters’ roll and people from outside the ward were allowed to cast votes using voters’ slips,” Mwonzora said, indicating his party structures in the area insisted that MDC-T participate in the poll.
The by-election was won by Zanu (PF) candidate, Taurai Sengu, who polled 1 103 votes against MDC-T’s Didlane Walaza who got 45 ballots.
The by-election was as a result of the death in January, 2014, of Zanu (PF) councillor, Nickson Mubatapasango.
The election result brought wards under Zanu (PF) countrywide to 1 501 while MDC-T has 442.
Zanu (PF) national commissar and Chegutu East Member of Parliament, Webster Shamu, attributed the Zanu (PF) victory to “the people’s faith in the ruling party’s policies.”
“The result is a reflection of the popularity enjoyed by Zanu (PF)’s policies among the electorate,” Shamu said, describing the election as free and fair.Post published in: News